Training Session Rules and Pool/Lane Etiquette

Don’t be late...

It shows a lack of respect for yourself, your coach and your team. Please ensure you arrive in good time to stretch – at least 15 minutes before your start time.

Please go to the loo before the session...

A toilet break is scheduled into the session if it is over an hour in length, otherwise you should not need to get out the pool.

Listen to your coach...

The coach’s advice is crucial to good technique and swimming fast, so please do not talk over the coach and listen to what they have to say. Think about what you are doing during training.

Ask questions...

Don’t be afraid to ask questions, if you do not ask you will never know – please just ask them at the right time.

Bring the right kit...

Having the right equipment is essential to help you get the most out of the training sessions.

Goggles...

Please make sure they fit so you don’t have to play about with them in training, wasting valuable time.

Always give 100%...

Do always try your best and don’t let the little stuff get you down. You have heard it before but you only get out what you put in – do not skip lengths or sets as you are only cheating yourself.

Remember lane etiquette...

Move to one side when you have finished a set to allow other swimmers to finish.
Do not stop and stand in the lane, as you may get injured.
Do not pull on the ropes as this may injure other swimmers.
Always swim to the wall as you do in a race, and practice turns as instructed.

Check your direction...

Always check your direction. You should be swimming in the same direction as the swimmer on the other side of the lane rope.

Overtaking...

If you are being overtaken, the swimmer behind will tap your feet/ankle. If you can, stop and move to the side and allow them to pass, and then re-join the swim when there is a safe gap of about 5 metres. If you are unable to do this, please stop at the end of the lane and then re-join leaving a 5 second gap. If you want to overtake, tap the preceding swimmer’s foot/ankle and give them time to stop.

Support your team...

Remember – swimming is a team sport. Everyone is on the same team so encourage each other when you are finding the session tough!

Keep your energy levels high...

Make sure you have plenty of health snacks to keep your energy levels high. Swimming fast is hungry work!

Have fun...

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